The American Lawyer Names Michael Schachter “Litigator of the Week”

On July 21, The Am Law Litigation Daily named partner Michael Schachter “Litigator of the Week” for his role in winning reversal and complete dismissal of all charges against the first defendants charged with LIBOR manipulation in a cornerstone case before the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

In a decision dated July 19, 2017, the Court reversed the judgments of conviction and dismissed the indictment of Willkie client Anthony Allen and Anthony Conti, former Rabobank traders, in the first London Interbank Offered Rate LIBOR manipulation case to reach the Second Circuit (or any court of appeals). Mr. Schachter argued the appeal on behalf of both defendants. Read Willkie’s July 20 announcement.

Mr. Schachter told Am Law “I think that there is no greater achievement for a criminal defense lawyer than to remove the stress that a government investigation and charges places on the shoulders of a client and his family,” he said. “It’s hard to imagine, for me, ever having a greater professional experience than to be able to deliver that news.”

The case was handled by Mr. Schachter and associate Casey Donnelly. The Willkie team also included associates Maxwell Bryer and Cole Mathews.

Read “Litigator of the Week: When the Feds Went Too Far, This Willkie Lawyer Hit Back,” The Am Law Litigation Daily, July 21, 2017.

Willkie Named Law Firm of the Year for Insurance and Investment Funds at the 2017 Chambers USA Awards for Excellence

On May 25, Willkie was named law firm of the year for Insurance and Investment Funds at the 2017 Chambers USA awards for excellence. The awards reflect notable achievements over the past 12 months including “outstanding work, impressive strategic growth and excellence in client service,” according to Chambers. The winning law firms are selected based on annual research conducted by Chambers and Partners.

Recognizing Willkie as the top firm for insurers, Chambers noted that “Willkie Farr & Gallagher continues to be the first port of call for many of the world's largest insurance companies to handle the full range of transactional and regulatory needs.”

“With deep expertise spanning the life and health industries as well as specialty lines, the firm is well-placed to act on major domestic and international mandates,” Chambers added.

More information on Willkie’s Insurance Transactional and Regulatory Practice can be found here.

Willkie was also named by Chambers as the preeminent Investment Funds firm.

“Clients have been fulsome in their praise of Willkie Farr & Gallagher's performance in the Investment Funds sphere of late,” Chambers noted. “The team has impressed observers in both the Hedge Funds and Private Equity Fund Formation areas, and has particularly excelled in the Registered Funds space.”

More information on Willkie’s Investment Funds Practice can be found here.

In addition to these two awards, 102 attorneys and 40 practice areas are recognized in the 2017 editions of Chambers USA, Chambers Europe and Chambers UK.

Chambers USA: The firm or its attorneys are recognized for outstanding work in the following areas:

Antitrust  Government Relations
Banking & Finance
Insurance (Dispute Resolution: Policy Holder, Transactional & Regulatory)
Intellectual Property (Patent)
Capital Markets (Derivatives)
Investment Funds (Hedge Funds, Registered Funds, Private Equity: Fund Formation)
Climate Change
Litigation (General Commercial, Securities, White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations)
Corporate/M&A (The Elite)
Private Equity (Buyouts)
Energy: Electricity (Regulatory & Litigation)
Real Estate (General, Mainly Corporate & Finance)
Energy: Oil and Gas Transactional
Securities (Litigation, Regulation)
Environment (Mainly Transactional)
Telecom, Broadcast & Satellite
Financial Services Regulation (Broker Dealer: Enforcement)
Wealth Management

Chambers Europe: The firm or its attorneys are recognized for outstanding work in the following areas:

Banking & Finance (General, Acquisition Finance & Syndicated Lending)  PFI/PPP
Capital Markets (Debt; Equity) Private Equity (High End; Fund Formation)
Competition/European Law Projects (International)
Corporate M&A Public Law
Dispute Resolution (Litigation) Restructuring/Insolvency
Employment Tax
Investment Funds (Private Equity)  

Chambers UK 2017, which was published earlier in the year, recognizes the firm or its attorneys for Insurance (Non-Contentious), Financial Crime, Investment Funds (Private Equity) and Competition/European Law.